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Celebrate Summer 2019 with free events and activities at the Southbank Centre

The Southbank Centre has a festival feel during the summer with entertainment for the whole family including music shows, fountains, art, food pop-ups, films and shows.

As well as a great bunch of events, there are also shows at Underbelly and a stroll down the embankment is always good for the soul. Below are our top picks of family friendly fun at the Southbank Centre. 

Appearing Rooms by Jeppe Hein

Take the kids along to Jeppe Hein’s free interactive sculpture returning to Southbank Centre after popular appearances in previous summers. The fountain creates rooms with shooting jets of water that disappear as quickly as they emerge could it mean disappearing boundaries, walls or expectations? Find out what your little Londoners make of it. 
Where: Royal Festival Hall roof terrace
How much: free

National annual youth dance festival 

One Dance UK presents U.Dance 2019 in July, showcasing incredible talent from young dancers and choreographers from across the country. 
When: 20 & 21 July
Where: Various
How much: Various from £5 more info here.

Tales of the Turntable 

Associate Company ZooNation Youth Company present a family friendly dance theatre show with hip-hop, funk, soul, disco, house and rap. 
When: 15 Aug – 26 Aug 2019 (at 2m and 7pm on each day)
Where: Queen Elizabeth Hall
How much: £25 book here.

Peppa Pig: My First Concert 

Watch Daddy Pig and Mummy Pig live as they learn how to conduct an orchestra in Royal Festival Hall, for ages 2+. 
When: 24 – 26 Aug various times both morning and afternoon.
Where: Royal Festival Hall
How much: £16-£20 adult and £12 to £15 for a child. Book here

Disco Loco

Spend an afternoon busting some moves with the family. Disco Loco have been entertaining families across East London since 2006 in a programme of arts, culture and a spirit of togetherness, running inclusive monthly events for families.
When: Sundays 14 – 26 August 2019 12pm til 5pm
Where: Outdoor Spaces, Riverside Terrace
How much: free

And the Beat Goes On

Fresh new talent takes over our riverside stage in an afternoon of music and performance from BRIT School students.
When: 9 August 2019 3pm
Where: Riverside terrace
How much: free

Kiss My Genders

Over 100 artworks spanning the past 50 years by different generations of artists from around the world explore gender fluidity, as well as non-binary, trans and inter sex identities. Kiss My Genders also extends beyond the gallery walls with commissions that take place across the wider site. Ad Minoliti’s colourful geometric designs adorn flags, canopies, trees and the Riverside Stage; Athi-Patra Ruga transforms the windows of Queen Elizabeth Hall and Hayward Gallery Foyer into a striking display of ‘stained glass’, and a poem by Tarek Lakhrissi will greet visitors as they approach the Mandela Steps.
When: until 8 September 2019
Where: Hayward Gallery
How much: £15 book here.

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